Another episode of Intolerance in India, one of the world’s largest democratic state.
The name Karachi in Mumbai is reported to be the issue for a Shiv Sena leader who wants the Karachi Sweets shop’s name to be swapped with something in Marathi.
As being reported, the owner of “The ‘Karachi Sweets’ shop that is located in Bandra West area of Mumbai, India- was allegedly asked by Shiv Sena leader Nitin Nandgaokar to drop the word ‘Karachi’ from its name.
“You came from the country during the Partition, and you are welcome. I hate the name Karachi. The city in Pakistan is a hub of terrorists,” Shiv Sena leader said.
The Sena leader asked the sweet shop owner to change the shop’s name to “something in Marathi”.
Mumbai: Video of Shiv Sena leader Nitin Nandgaokar goes viral, where he's allegedly asking Karachi Sweets shop owner in Bandra West to change the name 'Karachi'.— ANI (@ANI) November 19, 2020
"You have to do it, we're giving you time. Change 'Karachi' to something in Marathi," says Nitin Nandgaokar in video. pic.twitter.com/PfmM4B65ac
As being reported by the Indian media, after the Shiv Sena’s alleged threat the owner of “Karachi Sweets” has covered the word ‘Karachi’ from the signboard with old newspapers.
However, the incident has sparked outrage on social media:
Ridiculous police state Maharashtra has become under @OfficeofUT. There are thousands of monuments in Maharashtra belonging to Islamic culture, thousands of Mosques, Mazar n other islamic structures! Will @ShivSena demolish all of them? Are @PawarSpeaks & @RahulGandhi agreed?— Ashik Jain 🇮🇳 (@gosaliya_ashik) November 19, 2020
Sir we need to put an end to this hateful agenda. Country is going backwards day by day. Politicians need to think about bigger issues. BJP is slowly taking nation back to the Stone Age.— Priyamwada 🦋✨ (@PriaINC) November 19, 2020
I'm a Hindu Sindhi living in #Mumbai. I consider #Mumbai my home. Though I have no connection to Karachi, my forefathers were living there before independence. Please dont abandon the #Sindhi culture just because we are few. Please dont change #KarachiSweets name.— Rohit Gajaria (@GajariaRohit) November 19, 2020
My very good friend from Lahore sent me this photo months back and we virtually high fived to celebrate our shared heritage.— Sukti Dutta Chowdhury (@sukti26) November 19, 2020
What’s wrong in names? What’s wrong in retaining emotions? #karachisweets pic.twitter.com/fYf8sYXNtJ
A similar kind of incident occurred last year in February. When the protesters targeted a bakery named ‘Karachi’ in the Indian city of Bengaluru. And the Karachi Bakery in Bengaluru forced to cover half its signboard, display the national flag after protests over its name.